New Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, a Time Inc. Sport Illustrated editorial star who took over from Jess Cagle (who now runs People), is making changes. Gone is film critic Owen Gleiberman, replaced by younger staffers like Chris Nashawaty.
Last week, Bean imported Kyle Ryan of The Onion A.V. Club to run EW.com. Like many publications, dwindling print sales and ads still bring in more revenue than the burgeoning website, which is successful in its own right. And in a staff memo Monday, Bean revealed more hires and promotions: Bean promoted two assistant managing editors to executive editor: Sean Smith (who put in time at Premiere and Newsweek) now runs film, and seven-year veteran Meeta Agrawal runs television. EW’s executive editor for integrated content, Kristen Baldwin, has been promoted to deputy editor, taking over for Henry Goldblatt who joined Cagle at People.
The question is whether the print edition so resembles the traffic-friendly quick short blasts that work well on the web that it ceases to be readable. I did like the recent combination of BBC America’s “Orphan Black” cover girl Tatiana Maslany with a list (natch) of “127 Criminally Underrated Shows Movies Albums Books & Games.”